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With lofty standard, Tigers just roll with it into state finals

With lofty standard, Tigers just roll with it into state finals

Coach Jake Smith has directed Randleman back to another spot in the state finals. A familiar foe awaits. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) RANDLEMAN — All those lopsided results for Randleman’s baseball team on the way to the Class 2-A state finals don’t mean it has been easy this year for the Tigers. “We can’t take any team lightly,” first baseman Gus Shelton said. “We are expected to win and that is pressure on us, if you want to call it pressure. I don’t think anybody has changed anything. We’re just taking it game-by-game.” It will take two more victories to repeat…
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Finding the Way: Randleman takes normal path to another rout

Finding the Way: Randleman takes normal path to another rout

Trey Way and his teammates react to his game-sealing home run Friday night against East Surry. (PJ Ward-Brown / Randolph Record) Tigers ruin showdown, head to regional final RANDLEMAN – The fourth round of the Class 2-A state playoffs shaped up as an epic showdown between two one-loss baseball teams. As the national anthem played, the line at the entrance gate had dozens of fans waiting to get in – and stayed that way for quite a while. The scene at Joe Brookshire Field had all the makings of a classic. Then Randleman did its thing – again. The Tigers…
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Miller’s slam gives Blue Comets memorable baseball opener

Miller’s slam gives Blue Comets memorable baseball opener

Gage Miller remembers the details of his final at-bat in the season opener for Asheboro’s baseball team. After that, it becomes a little less clear. Miller’s game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning sent the Blue Comets to a 5-3 victory against Chatham Central last week at Kiwanis Park in Asheboro. “That was something different right there,” Miller said. “My teammates were fired up. Came across home plate and we were all going crazy.” Miller said it’s his first grand slam. Of course, it came at an ideal time. The Blue Comets needed his production. “The game…
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